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Please Join Us In Welcoming Zuni Fetish Carvers
Kili'i Eli and Ephram Chavez
Friday, September 30th - 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 1st - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Diving Whales by Kili'i Eli
Keli'i Kaleihua Eli, has only been carving for one year and has already amazed many collectors of Zuni fetishes. His father's family is Native Hawaiian and his Hawaiian roots can be seen in the magnificent creatures from the sea that he creates. Kili'i comes from a very talented Zuni family with the last name of Pooacha. His mother is a painter of miniatures, his grandfather and aunt are jewelers, and his grandmother is a seamstress. Keli'i's uncle, Amos Pooacha, who passed away a couple of years ago, was a fetish carver who specialized in corn maidens and turtles with opihi shells on their backs from Hawaii. Keli'i learned the art of carving by watching and learning from his uncle Amos.
Unfinished Turtle by Keli'i Eli - Check back for photo!
Keli'i told us, "The turtles will look nice when finished using two type of abalone shell for the arms and a different body for the other turtles, plus making stingrays out of Zebra stone and tiger sharks from the zebra stone as well." - More photos of Kili'i's work below.
Ephram Chavez, has been carving for 30 years! He carves anything he sets his mind to make and over the years collectors have found his frogs, lizards, and an assortment of other wonderful animals at Gathering Tribes.
Carvers receive 100% of the proceeds from their sales. More photos below:
Horned Toad by Ephram Chavez
Unfinished frog by Keli'i Eli
Seal by Ephram Chavez
Bear with a Snack by Kili'i Eli
Frog by Ephram Chavez
Unfinished Buffalo by Kili'i Eli
Natural Kingman Turquoise Crescent Silver Earrings by Rosella Sandoval
Experience the beauty of Native America at Gathering Tribes with these sterling silver, natural Kingman turquoise earrings by Rosella Sandoval
Turquoise Coyote Zuni Fetish Carving by Jayne Quam
Experience the beauty of Native America at Gathering Tribes with this turquoise inlay coyote fetish carving by Jayne Quam
Lester James Tufa Cast Silver, Turquoise and Coral Cuff Bracelet
Experience the beauty of Native America at Gathering Tribes with this tufa cast sterling silver and multi stone bracelet by Lester James
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